How to do… Buildings Archaeology

Buildings: we live and work in them, use them and ignore them. But are they wallpaper to you or are you fascinated by them, their design and their history? We can all enjoy buildings more with an archaeological approach and here are some tips on how to interpret, analyse and record them. You’ll soon know your crucks from your plinths… Written by Lucy Jessop, Senior Investigator, Historic England. Header Image: Avon Mills, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. 1. Investigation We look closely at buildingsRead more

London and Civil Liberties

Professor Anthony Grayling is a Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities Anthony is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the third in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross “For nearly a thousand years London has been the centre of efforts by its citizens and fellow-citizens elsewhere in the kingdom to getRead more

The Big Issue: My London

George Anderson is a Big Issue vendor, and usually sells outside the BBC headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. George is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the second in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross Header image: The Langham Hotel, London via Wikimedia Commons “As with the many people who travel from all over the worldRead more

Discovered by Disaster: 6 Astounding Archaeological Finds from Environmental Change

Those of us working with the past can occasionally be viewed as stuck in it, not wanting things to change, but actually for archaeologists change is our bread and butter. We are obsessed with how, and why, people and their places have changed through time. Sometimes dramatic changes in the environment can lead to particularly exciting discoveries. Here are 6 of the best archaeological discoveries as a result of environmental change: Written by Hannah Fluck, Historic Environment Intelligence Officer, Historic England.Read more

A Brief History of the Bronze Age

The recent discoveries  of extraordinarily well-preserved 3,000-year-old homes at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire have highlighted the sophistication of domestic life towards the end of the Bronze Age, around 900 BC. But the Bronze Age was a long period, beginning some 1300 years earlier when life was very different to that of the inhabitants of Must Farm. Here we look at how technology and ways of life in England developed during the preceding millennium. Written by Dr. Jonathan Last, Landscape StrategyRead more

London: My New Home

Bisi Alimi is a human rights activist. In 2004 he became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television. After increased threats to his life he moved to London, where he was granted asylum in 2008. Bisi is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the first in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UALRead more

6 Sites of Memory for Overseas War Heroes

The First and Second World Wars were truly global in scale and involvement. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers died supporting the British army, including troops from the colonies, and European countries that had been invaded by enemy forces. Here are 6 sites in England which pay homage to the enormous contribution made by foreign soldiers during the First and Second World Wars. Header image: No. 305 Polish Bomber Squadron taken in 1942 at RAF Cammeringham in Lincolnshire. 1. The Polish War Memorial, Hillingdon, Grade IIRead more

7 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of the Somme

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which took place between 1st July and 18th November 1916. The battle was a joint offensive by the British and French forces – fought along both sides of the River Somme in France – aimed at decisively defeating the Germany Army. Britain fielded a one million strong ‘New Army’ made up of inexperienced but enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life, raised in a fervour of patriotism by FieldRead more